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Climategate: The Crutape Letters Paperback – January 14, 2010
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Steven M Mosher, born in Grand Rapids Michigan, graduated Northwestern University and attended UCLA for graduate studies in literature. He later joined Northrop Aircraft where he worked as an threat analyst and director of analysis until transitioning to the commercial world in 1995 when he joined Creative Labs as a director of marketing and product development. Since 1995 he has specialized in the development of new consumer technologies such as 3D graphics, web cameras, Mp3 players and a variety of wireless devices. Since 2007 he has worked in the open source community and has been active leader in the effort to get open access to the data and code underlying climate science. Thomas Fuller was born in Denver Colorado and currently lives in San Francisco. Trained by the U.S. Navy in electronics and cryptography, he has been writing about technology ever since, usually market research reports with exciting titles like 'Project Global Market for Infusion Pumps 2009-2014.' This is a lot of fun by comparison.
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The authors are both lukewarmists and they include a very good descriptive summary of the various factions in the climate debate, which hasn't changed much since this book was written. Notes refer to links in the first comment.
Although many of the details are available through sources on the internet, they require many of hours of investigation and research. This book condenses all that work into a half dozen hours of reading. The book is well written, and easily understood by lay people that have had basic high school science courses (chemistry, biology, physics). Additionally, the authors do an outstanding job of organizing the material, so that it reads as a coherent story, though not in strictly chronological order. This was the rare book for me, that I actually had a difficult time putting it down!
If you have heard the "climategate" is "much ado about nothing", or that it is "some technical science talk that has been misunderstood by the public", or if you haven't really heard much about "climategate" and would like to learn what it is about, then this is the book to get.
Bottom line - the authors are concerned about anthropogenic global warming, but they clearly (and sadly) show that much of what has been delivered to the public is VERY shaky, and not scientifically clear. The fact that many people have been led to believe that the science is clear is a damning indictment of the major players discussed in this book. Let's hope that most scientists are as open in their thinking and as faithful to the scientific method as the authors of this book seem to be.
The authors wrote this book in a month's time, to get it out in front of the public, while global warming alarmists, including our scientists, our universities, and our politicians were working feverishly to get the story of Climategate suppressed, and get it off the front pages of the news. In so doing, the authors claim that they have written a book that is not easy to read. Actually, I found it easy to read, and it should be easy for anyone who has been following the debate on anthropogenic global warming.
The only reason I give the book 4 stars, is because since it was hastily written, it reads like a draft, and has occasional typos and errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The book has no index, and no footnotes. It is my sincere request that the authors consider writing a second edition, to correct the few errors and typos, and to include footnotes and an index. There are many persons named in the book, whose title or employer is not clearly identified, so it would be helpful to include a list of all of them, with some identifying information for each one. The authors use italics and bold type to distinguish one writer from another, but it often is not clear who is talking. It would be helpful to clear this up. Of all the deficiencies mentioned here, the most important addition would be an index, so one could refer to topics, specific e-mails, and persons with ease.
However, the essential material, interpretation, and comments are all there, and the review is complete. Read this book, and you will know Climategate, the scandal, inside and out. This really should be a 5-star book.